GenTIC has convened a research seminar with Andrea Vial, Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University Abu Dhabi, with the objectives to share joint research lines and activities, as well as exploring future collaborations to further investigate the causes of gender segregation in the workplace and beyond.


Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Time: 10:30 h – 13:00 h

Venue: UOC’s Interdisciplinary R&I Hub (1st floor, Rambla del Polenou, 154 Barcelona)

Language: English




10:30 h Welcome by Milagros Sáinz (UOC)

Round of presentations

11:00 h Andrea Vial (New York University Abu Dhabi)

11:30 h Open discussion

12:30 h Closing remarks

13:00 h End of the seminar



Invited Speaker: Andrea Vial, Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University Abu Dhabi. See short bio.



Antecedents and Consequences of Strong Masculine Workplace Norms

Some organizations (schools, academic departments, companies, etc.) are characterized by strong masculine norms. In this talk, I will present correlational and experimental evidence from a series of studies that investigate why this is the case and illustrate some of the negative downstream effects of these masculine workplace norms. Drawing from social psychological perspectives on masculinity as precarious—hard won and easily lost—I will examine how placing an emphasis on stereotypically masculine traits as required to succeed (e.g., a focus on raw intellectual “brilliance” in some academic fields) turns work into a masculinity contest. I will then discuss how these masculine workplace norms lead people to approach interpersonal interactions instrumentally—fostering a self-oriented mindset, increasing the tendency to objectify coworkers (i.e., to see them as means to an end), and reducing prosocial behavior at work. Finally, I will focus on ways that strong masculine workplace norms undermine gender diversity in organizations. In particular, I will share evidence that strong masculine workplace norms promote the devaluation of the female social identity, reduce women’s sense of belonging, and discourage their participation. Taken together, these studies highlight the importance of understanding and molding workplace norms to increase well-being and reduce gender inequality in academia (e.g., STEM fields) and beyond.


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